Author Archives: The Texas Tribune

Texas education board approves new sex ed policy that does not cover LGBTQ students or consent

Texas education board approves new sex ed policy that does not cover LGBTQ students or consent

Most Republicans voted against proposals to teach middle and high school students about consent, sexual orientation or gender identity. The board will take a final vote Friday. By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune Starting in 2022, seventh and eighth grade students in Texas will learn about forms of birth control beyond abstinence, but middle schoolers

Texas social workers will no longer be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and people with disabilities

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for social workers’ LGBTQ and disabled clients after backlash from advocates and lawmakers. By Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away

New Texas rule lets social workers turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability

A professional organization of social workers called the change “incredibly disheartening,” while Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said it was necessary to conform with existing state law. By Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities who

Here’s How to Vote by Mail in Texas

Your questions answered about who qualifies, when to expect your ballot and how to make sure your vote counts. By Megan Menchaca and Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Texas is gearing up for a monumental election in the middle of a pandemic. And while the state is one of just six that hasn’t opened up

Texas coronavirus cases lead to cancellation of Austin’s SXSW

The annual Austin festival founded in 1987 attracts more than 400,000 attendees from all over the world and generates hundreds of millions of dollars. By Naomi Andu, The Texas Tribune Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared a local disaster on Thursday that effectively cancels this year’s South by Southwest festival. The 10-day event was scheduled to